Lightroom Classic: Compare Should Select Only One Winner, not a winner and image that happens to be next in line.

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Generally when I shoot a scene I make 6-10 exposures. I like to use the Lightroom Compare function to then select the best of the batch. But in Lightroom 5, instead of selecting only my "winner", when I leave the Compare function, I end up with two images selected in Grid view. This is not the way it is supposed to work. It is only supposed to leave my "winner" selected. So, now frequently I use the Develop module to work on my winner. Then when I export it, the two images that Lightroom has erroneously designated as Selected get exported. Or I have flagged my winner as a Pick. Or I have given my winner a star rating. But now inadvertently I am Exporting, Picking, or Rating two images not only the one I want. I hate this change. I only want my WINNER to be selected, NOT MY WINNER AND THE NEXT IMAGE in line too. What's going on? I think it's a bug. I hate this.
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Selecting also an arbitrary neighbor does not seem optimal for anybody's 'druthers.

My 'druthers: leave selection alone when done with compare view.
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This has been discussed in another thread:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/5478165

Another bug has surfaced where it's possible to have an "invisible" selection if you happen to give focus to the Candidate before exit. In other words, an image appears not to be selected but, in actual fact, it is.

Someone really, really, needs to look into this. Only one image should be selected when you exit Compare View.
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What is Adobe's explanation? How is this supposed to be helpful for anyone? You select a winner in the compare process, and the Adobe selects another image for you!?! Why!?! So then, you want to flag, or color, or award stars, or export your selected image.....and Lightroom does the operation to two images, when you only want to do it to the one image you've designated as the best. Absolutely crazy.
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This is still a problem in Lightroom 6/CC. It really makes using the compare view so cumbersome.
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Yes, I know ntbone. I just do not understand what possible purpose this can serve and why Adobe doesn't correct it. Really is quite unbelievable.
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It does seem like a silly bug that would be trivial to fix.
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I think during many years using Lightroom I never learned to use the Compare view. I guess this is why.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Classic: Compare View "Bug": Lr Highlights Two Images Although You've C....

What I regard as a bug in Lightroom's Compare View has driven me crazy for years. Every time there is a new release, I hope that they'll fix it and they never do.  New Classic 9.0 has disappointed me again.

Let's say you select 20 images to compare side-by-side in order to pick your winner from among them. You go through them all and maybe mark a dozen of them with an X for future deletion. When you finish and go back to Grid view, you would expect to find ONLY YOUR WINNER selected. But no! Lightroom selects YOUR WINNER AND the image next to it, even if that is one you've marked with an X for deletion.

I cannot tell you how many times I have exported, color-labeled, star labeled, or made virtual copies to two images when I only wanted to do it to MY WINNER.

Every time I get a user-survey from Adobe, I describe this bug. But they never change it. Does anyone know why Adobe thinks this would be a positive feature? What possible benefit would it be to users, to not only highlight/select the image the user designated as HIS WINNER, but another image as well?
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Don't confuse "selected" with "Active".  When you select 20 images and go to compare view, you see them 2 at a time.  When done and you return to the gird the last one that was on the left in the compare view is the active image.  All the others are still selected as they should be.   While in the Compare view you can deselect an image (ether the left or right image by clicking the "X" at the bottom right corner of the desired image or by control (Cmd on Mac) clicking it in the filmstrip. 

Rejecting an image by clicking the Reject flag at the bottom left of the image or using the "X" key on the keyboard set the reject flag but does not de-select it.  I guess one could argue that rejecting an image should deselect it at the same time but I'm not sure I'd like that since there is already a button (the "X" icon) that can deselect it as well as control clicking on it in the filmstrip.
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This is not what happens in my Lightroom.  Let's say I select images 1000, 1002,1003, 1004 for Comparison.  Note that I have excluded image 1001 from my comparison.  The two-image Compare screen shows me Select 1000 on the left and Candidate 1002 on the right.  I hit the right-arrow below the Candidate and it replaces 1002 with new Candidate 1003.  Don't prefer that one to 1000 either, so I hit the right-arrow again and Lr brings 1004 into the Candidate position.  Don't prefer that one to 1000 either, so I hit Done.
When Lr returns to Grid view, the original four images I selected are no longer selected.  Only 1000, and 1001 are selected.  Image 1000 is "more-selected" or active, but 1001 is also selected.  Please note, I DID NOT EVEN SELECT 1000 FOR MY COMPARISON.  And yet after doing the comparison, it is now selected in Grid view.  Wrong, so wrong.
And what is the impact of ending up with 1000 my winner, AND 1001 in which I was not even interested?  If I hit a color flag, or a star-rating, or I make a virtual copy, or I export the image Lightroom does the action to BOTH images, not just MY WINNER, but also to the image that happens to be next to it in Grid view, even if it was not in my selection of images to Compare, and even if I gave it an X for ultimate deletion.
This is why I regard this behavior as a BUG.  Lightroom selects MY WINNER and the image next to it, even if I have dismissed it as a Candidate OR HAVE NOT EVEN INCLUDED IT IN MY COMPARISON.
Reading your message and mine carefully, the difference may be in how we are "dismissing" a Candidate.  I am hitting the right arrow below it or simply using the right arrow on the keyboard.  You are hitting X or Control and clicking on the  image.  Try to move through selected images in Compare by using the arrows and see what happens.  I don't want to give them an X or hit Control AND click.  I just want to move to the next candidate with one touch.
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Aha - I see a discrepancy between our tests.  When you were done you hit "done" (logical choice).  When I was done I clicked "G" on the keyboard to return to the grid (or clicked the grid icon).  Very different results. 

In my method, all previously selected images stay selected (unless they had been deselected by use of the "X" Icon or <Ctrl+click> on the filmstrip) and whichever one was most recently on the left is the active (or most selected as some like to call it) image.  I just never bothered with the "Done" button.  

In your method of clicking the 'Done" button, whichever image was on the left becomes the active image and whatever image is to its right in the filmstrip becomes the lone "also selected" image.  Sounds to me like a bug.
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Another variant on the misbehavior:

1. In grid view with two or more photos showing, select one photo.

2. Do View > Compare.

3. Click Done.

4. Observe that two photos are now selected.
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This was a deliberate change a LONG time ago.  Compare used to not automatically select 2 photos if only one was selected and it left only one photo selected if you closed (use the x) all the photos except the "Select".  There was a big discussion of this change and Adobe did not change it back.   In my opinion I think it is a bug or at least a regression of the design.  After exiting Compare you can always hit Shift-Command-D (on Mac) to only have the "most selected" photo selected.  I have gotten used to working around the issue as Adobe does not seem to think it is an issue.
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Also, you do NOT need to exit out of compare mode to set flags, labels or ratings or even export or make virtual copies and it only applies to the "Select" image if "Select" is highlighted in Compare.
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Making a virtual copy....only copies the  Select image in the 2-image Compare screen?  That, I gotta try.  Thanks.
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Be aware that when you create a Virtual Copy in Compare the virtual copy is selected and the Master is unselected.  This is the same behavior as in Loupe view.
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Robert, I tried it.  It worked.  Thanks for the follow-up caution.  That's how I wanted the Virtual Copy function to work.